After months of silence Shakira has publicly acknowledged that it is in “the darkest and most difficult hours of his life”. Since her breakup with Gerard Piqué came to light last June, the singer is facing media pressure that is being “incredibly difficult” for trying to maintain the well-being of their two children, Milan and Sasha, fruit of his twelve years of relationship with the footballer. “I have tried to hide the situation from my children. I try to protect them, because that is my priority in life. But then, at school, they hear things from their friends or come across unpleasant news on the internet, and it just affects them, Do you know?”, said the artist, for the first time, in an interview with ELLE magazine.
In addition to her sentimental situation, Shakira is also facing a legal problem. The Spanish government accuses her of tax fraud and faces up to eight years in prison for maintaining that she was a fiscal resident in this country between 2011 and 2014. The singer, who has not wanted to agree to any agreement with the prosecutor and wants to fight against these accusations, assures that they are “false”. “First of all, I didn’t spend 183 days a year at all. I was busy fulfilling my professional commitments around the world. Second of all, I paid everything they said I owed, even before they filed a lawsuit. So in reality I owe them nothing and, in fact, they have advised me from one of the four largest tax specialist firms in the world. I am confident that I have done things in the most correct and transparent way from day one“, explained the Colombian.
Gerard Piqué’s ex considers that, “without evidence”, they have resorted to a “lewd press campaign” to try to influence people and “put pressure on the media coupled with the threat of reputational damage to force settlement agreements.” In addition, Shakira is firm when it comes to saying that he has “enough evidence” to support his case and that justice prevail in his favor.
Regarding these tests, the artist explains that While dating Gerard Piqué, she was “more than 240 days” outside of Spain, which is why they had no way of qualifying her as a resident. “The tax authorities saw that I was dating a Spanish citizen and began to salivate. It is clear that they wanted to go after that money no matter what. Even for the next few years I was traveling the world, working non-stop while pregnant or with Milan when I was a baby, when my caesarean section was still healing”, he recalled.